Making Slings - By Chris Henry (Aka Paleoarts)

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Making Slings - By Chris Henry (Aka Paleoarts)

PaleoAleo
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Joined: 14 Apr 2003, 21:09

03 Sep 2010, 20:57 #1

as most of you know i make and sell several types of slings along with a lot of other 'primitive' gear, but this basic model is by far my best seller, the cheapest, and easiest to construct. it's also my favorite for hunting. i've gotten to the point where i can produce a half dozen of these in an afternoon no problem. here's my photo tutorial on its construction...
 
the tools and materials i use....

deer hide, flax twine, ruler, knife, leather punch, scissors, chopstick, paracord loop, and scotch tape.
 
i start by cutting a strip out of the deer hide 2 1/2'' wide and then cutting that into 8'' sections.



 
next i measure and mark for the pouch pattern...





 
i cut this out, retaining the scraps (you'll need some of them)

 
i save one set of the scraps as a release tab

 
next, i punch the holes in the pouch ends...


 
and in the release tabs

 
i now draw off enough twine to give me the length of sling i want plus about 10'' extra, folding the twine over until i have six strands of equal length.


 
i cut the ends on all but one set which leaves me with 4 even length strands and 1 double strand.


 
 
i seperate 3 of the strands and set aside. the 4th and the doubled over strand will become our retention cord.

 
find the center of the doubled strand and mark somehow (i wet it in my mouth) then open it up. place the single strand along side it with the end overlapping the center by a couple inches. (note: the line in the center of the table represents the center of the double strand)

 
now, take a seperate piece of cord (maybe 24'' worth) and align as shown. this is our whipping for the finger loop. wrap as shown.


 
when enough cord is wrapped to allow it, bend it over and wrap all of them together thus creating the loop.

 
lay in your paracord whipping loop about four or five wraps from the end and then pull through. cut off the excess.




 
braid the remaining cords to the end, trimming even and covering with tightly wrapped scotch tape. burn the cords clean and then feed the end through the eye loop.



 
it should look like this...

 
next, take the pouch and fold one wing over the other, right to left, so the holes align.

 
feed your cord through top hole from the INSIDE out and then back through the bottom hole OUTSIDE in.


 
use the chopstick to make a hole in your cord directly above the pouch and pass the end through. repeat directly above that, then trim.






 
use a separate cord to whip starting at the pouch and wrapping out towards the cut end. lay in the loop about 4 or 5 wraps from the end. trim.




 
here's how it should look so far...

 
next, tape one end of the other set of strands and braid. this will become the release cord. trim the end even and tape that as well.

 
here's what you should have...

 
repeat the process you did for the retention cord, folding the pouch wings right over left so they are opposite one another, threading the cord through itself using the chopstick, and whipping to cover.  

 
when you're done, the pouch should look like this...



 
now, thread the cord end through the holes in the release tabs, hold the pouch even and slide the cord until it is the correct length (note: fit the finger loop on and hold the release tabs to get it just right) and then repeat the whipping process you used on the pouch.





 
that's it, you're done! now get out there and sling!

 

Chris
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Huey Tlatoani
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Joined: 22 Feb 2009, 15:15

07 Sep 2010, 11:55 #2

Great tutorial, great slings. Chris sent me one of these models and I love it- it's a simple design with great, elegant styling.
"(unintelligible word)...after my stay in the earth lodges of the Mandan, I decided to move on in my explorations-but not further west, I decided to take my travels up-to visit the legendary tribes of the Jupiters, those men who dwell on the moons which Galleleo had spied through his spy-glass, and forged a relationship with through the flashing of signal mirrors. My friends say that I am a fool, nay, that I am mad, but as I toil, endlessly glueing together the ailerons and mighty jets of my "thermo-nuclear pulse-rocket" I giggle inwardly to myself. Just wait, you a*******. Just you wait and see, Thomas Jefferson and captain Clarke."

-George Catlin, "the Jupiter Diaries", 1849
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LukeWebb
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Joined: 29 Dec 2009, 22:50

15 Jan 2011, 05:34 #3

I just made one of these tonight, did everything but the whipping, it took me about an hour/hour and a half to make it, but a lot of the time was spent getting the braid through the holes in the pouch and the braid itself, my hole punch was a little small and I had to try and enlarge it by making it more of an oval by punching twice and I make my braids extremely tight, if you hold it up to a light not light passes through at all, so it is a heck of a thing getting the braid through there!
Thanks for the tutorial, I will post pics here when I can!
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survivor boy
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Joined: 06 Mar 2011, 20:41

07 Mar 2011, 00:07 #4

thanks for the great tutorial,i made one and i love it, heres mine.




-Dillon 
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paleoarts
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Joined: 26 Jun 2009, 15:47

07 Mar 2011, 01:12 #5

great job, survivor boy!
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Ukkola
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Joined: 18 Mar 2011, 03:33

18 Mar 2011, 03:33 #6

New to this so bear with me...
I am sure that your back must be gettin' sore from all the patting on the back you been receiving, but this tutorial was awesome. Sat down to make my first one at 9 pm and its now 11:30. Thanks again, can't wait to use it in the morning.
Last edited by Ukkola on 18 Mar 2011, 03:36, edited 1 time in total.
Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
-Cree Prophecy
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paleoarts
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Joined: 26 Jun 2009, 15:47

18 Mar 2011, 14:14 #7

my pleasure, UK
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Oregon Abo
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Joined: 01 Nov 2009, 04:39

24 Jul 2013, 20:50 #8

When I attach my cords like this it turns out like thiscompared to this will that hurt it
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paleoarts
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Joined: 26 Jun 2009, 15:47

25 Jul 2013, 00:46 #9

it shouldn't, Abo, but only time will tell for sure. Put a few dozen rocks through it and then check for wear and tear.
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Oregon Abo
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25 Jul 2013, 17:11 #10

It doesn't seem to affect it at all, I've been throwing a tennis ball for my dog, 3 shots and she is done.
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